William/Willie Wondunna/Caboonya

Male - 1946

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  1. 1.  William/Willie Wondunna/Caboonya was born Fraser Island, (K'gari), Queensland, Australia; died 30 Sep 1946, General Hospital, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia; was buried 2 Oct 1946, Polson Cemetery, Pt Vernon, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Auastralia.


    Caboonya was his tribal name

    Old Abo. Link Broken
    BRISBANE. Saturday.-Willie Wondunna, the last of the Bithalla tribesmen of Fraser Island, off the Central Queensland coast, has died in Maryborough General Hospital.
    He tracked for the police in every State, and with Tommy King and two other trackers went south to try to capture Ned Kelly.
    It is claimed they were not allowed to do the job in their
    own way and returned to Queensland.
    Willie's probable age has been, the subject of conjecture for many years. Estimates ranged from 90 to 110, but there is no reliable informatio
    (Article - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954) Saturday 5 October 1946 - Page 3)

    (By John Sinclair)
    NO doubt many of the old hands will regret to learn of the
    death of that grand old man. Willie Wondunna, who passed away at the General Hospital, Maryborough, on Monday night.
    His passing removes the last full-blooded aborigine from the
    Bithalla Tribe of Fraser Island.
    The aborigines' name for the Island was Gurrie. What age this chap was can only be guessed as he had made his name as a tracker some time before when Tommy King, of Dora Dora sent a message to Fraser Island for Willie Wondunna to come to Maryborough.
    He came to Maryborough with his wife and family. They lived
    on the site of the present Kangaroo oval. Tommy King asked him if he would go with him to hunt the Kelly gang.
    On entering into an agreement to do so, Tommy King gave Willie's wife five sovereigns, and said that Mrs Wondunna and children would be taken care of in Willie's absence. Two other Fraser Island aborigines accompanied them.
    Jack Noble and another aboriginal (I have forgotten
    his name) left for the Kelly country.
    It is now history that Tommy had no faith in the New South
    Wales and the Victorian Police and their methods. He had a method that that was to ? man, and keep on after him until he got got him. It is said that on his return he was given a free hand with Fraser Island aborigines ???
    would get the Kelly's in a fortnight. He was not on
    hand, however.
    It will be recalled the Dora Dora blacks, Bunya and
    Dininbery, two other Fraser Island boys, were taken south
    on an agreement that they would be returned in six months;
    people did not keep their promise hence that tragedy; they ?
    man after they had fallen out with the police and were making their way back home. They came through N.S.W. and Queensland and within sight of their island home, in spite of the fact that the hand of man and the police force
    of two States were against them.
    The old chap Willie Wondunna who has just passed on he
    tracked for all the States in Australia, and it was very interesting to have a map of the State at one's side and listen to his travels throughout Australia He was gifted with wonderful memory. Apart from his reminiscences he also had some corroboree songs which he would sing. One was of Captain Cook sailing up the cast coast of the Island, and how he turned at 'Koo-Woy' (aboriginal name for
    Indian Heads), and sailed ? aboriginal name and was lost to sight. I have repeatedly tried to get those names recorded but no one was interested so now they are lost with
    people: they have all vanished 'gone west', and on going
    left with many of us men ? and an understanding that regardless of class, creed or if there is a chosen people, it is those who can leave this earth a little better than they found it.
    The late Willie. Wondunna will be be buried from the Baptist Church at Torquay, at 3 o'clock this afternoon noon.
    Article - Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett (Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947)Wednesday 2 October 1946 - Page 4)

    Wondunna, Queensland
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Wondunna is a suburb of Hervey Bay in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia
    The suburb was named after Willie Wondunna, an Aboriginal man born on Fraser Island, who was sent to Victoria to track the Kelly Gang in 1880. His alternate tribal name was Caboonya.

    Last Name Wondunna
    Other Names William (Willy)
    Prefix Mr
    Age 100
    Date of Death 30/09/1946
    Date of Burial 2/10/1946
    Cemetery Polson Cemetery
    Cemetery Address Cnr Rankin and Barker St, Point Vernon QLD 4655
    Burial Type Burial
    Section Polson - Monumental Section F - Baptist & Others
    Plot 37
    Funeral Director C Buffey
    Minister Rev Leggett
    Nick Name Turrumun
    (Fraser Coast Regional Council Cemetery Search)

    William/Willie — . [Group Sheet]

    1. Frederick Wondunna was born 11 Feb 1914, Fraser Island/K'gari , Fraser Coast, Queensland, Australia; died 21 Feb 1956, Queensland, Australia; was buried 22 Feb 1956, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.

Generation: 2

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